HHS awards grants for healthcare employee retention

Jan. 21, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $103 million to 45 healthcare institutions to improve the retention of healthcare workers by reducing burnout and promoting mental health and wellness.

“The relentless physical and emotional demands of treating patients during a pandemic have exacerbated longstanding barriers to workplace well-being,” HHS officials said in a news release.

The grants will fund projects to improve employee retention through the utilization of local resources to directly support health professionals’ response to workplace stressors, HHS said.

HRSA is making these awards through three programs:

  • Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce — HRSA is awarding $28.6 million to 10 grantees to help healthcare organizations establish, improve, or expand evidence-informed programs and practices to promote mental health and well-being among the health workforce, including their employees.
  • Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program — HRSA is awarding $68.2 million to 34 grantees to support tailored evidence-informed training development within the health professions, including nursing training activities. This curriculum will help reduce burnout and promote resilience among healthcare students, residents, health care professionals, paraprofessionals, trainees and public safety officers, such as firefighters, law enforcement officers, and ambulance crew members.
  • Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Technical Assistance Center — HRSA is awarding $6 million to George Washington University to provide tailored training and technical assistance to today’s awardees.

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